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When doctors classified men in the service of the colonial project


In Black bodies and white doctors, Delphine Peiretti-Courtis delves into the discourse of white doctors who, thanks to the development of colonies in Africa, "observed, dissected, measured and compared" its inhabitants.




Indolent ... The West can defend itself against it, the clichés on the black body unfortunately remain very present.

To better understand how they were built, Delphine Peiretti-Courtis, historian at the University of Aix-Marseille and members of the Telemme laboratory, immersed himself in the discourse of white doctors who, thanks to the development of the colonies in Africa, have

“observed, dissected, measured and compared”

its inhabitants,

“for the sake of calibrating otherness”


From this was born a dizzying work on how

"science created racial thought which politics then disseminated



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It all started in the 18th century.

The West (re) discovers these skins of a color very different from their own.

Taxonomy is king and man does not escape naturalist classifications.

Carl von Linnaeus distinguished four human races: European white, American red, Asian yellow and African black.

Are these pigmentations those of different species?

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Source: lefigaro

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